Project Server 2007 – Additional Certification

After looking at the preperation guide I decided to took the 70-639 Exam today and passed it easily.  It was the longest exam I have ever seen and has 75 Questions in total.  I must say that no one can attempt these questions without having real time implementation and support knowledge for EPM.  The exam covered Upgrade, Analsysis and Reporting Services, Portfolio Server fields, Project Templat and backup and restore in general.  If you are working on EPM 2007 as administrator and working on all these things you should take this exam.  By the way I saw the following titles in the mcp profile pageOpen-mouthed.
  • Microsoft Enterprise Project Manager
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (EPM 2007)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (Project Server 2007 – Microsoft Partner Competency on Information Worker Solutions)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (Project Server 2007)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (Microsoft Project 2007)

Now I am little bit confused on the next step.  There are two paths that I can take one goes to PMP and Project Management and another goes to .NET 2.0 and 3.0 to Enterprise Architect.  I will take the decision this week after discussion with my friends and collegeues.

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Project Server 2007 Certifications Completed :)

Finally an year or more after the launch of Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 I was able to complete the new certification model of this beautiful technology and became Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) for Project Server 2007 or Enterprise Project Management Solution 2007.  Although I am late in terms of this certifications but it was mostly because of the work I was doing which was more SharePoint centric and less Project Server from last 1 and half years.  Any way this Exam involved collection of 3 exams

  1. Microsoft Project 2007 (70-632)
  2. Microsoft Project Server 2007, Managing Projects (70-633)
  3. Microsoft Project Server 2007, Managing Projects and Programs (Pro: 70-634) Exam. 

I enjoyed allot while I took these tests and I must say that I was not near to 1000 marks in any of three exams J so make sure that you put a good amount of effort before going to this exam.  But overall I felt that I have an extra advantage of having a solid 2 years of full time experience of Implementation and management of a day to day activities of an EPM System.  Here I should mention a place where I was.

I do not forgot the time at INTECH when I was working full day on the EPM related tasks.  That was the best period for me being a EPM Expert.  Although I was able to successfully implement the EPM 2003 system there but in reality I have not tried 100% to GET out of the BOX for the technology in terms of its real advantages.  Project Server 2003 technology was built with number limitations for extensions and reporting but I was able to provide good piece of reporting with less effort.  But I am happy that I was able to answer many of my customer answers that were thrown towards me at that time.  There were number of questions in the exams that were directly related to an environment where you have solid EPM implementation.  The questions like Leveling Resources, Using Generic or Role Based resources, Skills and RBS, Categories, Data Analysis and reporting requirements were already covered.  I must say thanks to Mr. Mubarik Mustafa (PMP) and director of my department for giving me the chance to work on this challenging job and his trust on me to ask new questions every day and put me to learning business for almost 2 years.  It is because of him that I was able to take the full EPM certification in just 3 weeks time.  “MM” I wish there will be a day that I can work for you J once again J but hopefully on something like Project Server 2012 J.

Coming back to future, Enterprise Project Management or Project Server 2007 is not a very known technology here is gulf but I have been in contact with number of people that have an a limited initiative using Project Server 2003.  As like other 2007 products Project Server 2007 is looking like a matured product and have get rid of all the short comings in 2003 model people are looking forward to upgrade/migrate to 2007 version.  Hopefully I will be able to work more on project server and get the taste of upgrade + new implementation.

I have become really bad in blogging which was due to the load but mostly due to proxy enabled networks where windows live or Word failed for blogs.  But I am now trying to get back much greater than before and putting one serious attempt.

Looking forward,


Yet Another Certification (MCTS – Project Server 2007)

I passed the Microsoft Project Server 2007, Managing Project Certification Exam (70-633) today.  I am Now MCTS for Project Server.  1 Exam is left to earn a new certification placeholder of Microsoft Certified IT Professional.  This exam was pretty much easy for me.  During my time with Intech I was doing all the things questioned in the exam like adding proposed bookings, replacing generic resources, tracking and monitoring plans.  I have lost few marks in the project initiation, planning and execution but not much.  Offcourse I should I was not project manager at that time 🙂 not really 5 questions were confusing for me to do.
My next target is now the 70-634 – Programs and Portfolio Exam.  This one is a little tough as it covers alot of aspects of project management.  I need time for preperation.  I hope I can complete everything before the end of this month.  but anyway best of Luck.
MCTS – Project Server 2007, Managing Projects 🙂

Am I back to Blogging business

Yes but not fully.  I have been in very busy since I came to KSA.  The projects that I have worked were not in very good shape so I have to work 200% to finish them on time and budget (Frankly don’t care the budget stuff).

The worst thing that can happened to my blogging is that I have broken my old buddy HP-Compaq 6110 notebook that contains everything that I wrote for blogging purpose.  I have no time to rewrite them again.  Another thing to be worse the situation is that everyone use proxy server here and windows live writer does not support some proxy configuration.  Microsoft Word simply replies in No on proxy :).  Any But for now I am completely concentrating on my certifications.  I have a long way to go WRT my certifications.  Here is (was) my plan.

SharePoint 2007 (I already had 3/4) but

Take WSS Development Exam 70-541 (MCST MOSS, MCTS WSS)

Project and Project Server 2007

Microsoft Project 2007 Managing Projects (70-632) – MCTS Microsoft Project 2007

Microsoft Project Server 2007 Managing Project (70-633) – MCTS  Project Server 2007

Microsoft Project Server 2007, Managing Projects and Programs – (70-634) MCITP

Managing EPM 2007 Environments (70-639) – Only for Microsoft Partners but I will take it for Competency in Project Server for my company

Microsoft .NET 2.0 (I am MCSD from 2006 but now is the time for the upgrade)

Exam 70-526: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development
Exam 70-528: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-Based Client Development
Exam 70-529: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development
Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-547: PRO: Designing and Developing Web-based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
Exam 70-548: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows-based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
Exam 70-549: PRO: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework

Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 (Fun Only :))

Exam 70-638: TS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring

I think they are enough but If I felt I need more then here is the backup list

Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance
Exam 70-441: PRO: Designing Database Solutions by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Exam 70-442: PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Exam 70-443: PRO: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Exam 70-444: PRO: Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Exam 70-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Development and Maintenance
Exam 70-446: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Exam 70-301: Managing, Organizing, and Delivering IT Projects by Using the Microsoft Solutions Framework

If I can do 8 out of 11 then it will be a great achievement for this year.  Do not think for a moment that I will not be doing anything else other than taking these exams.  I am also managing my projects and trainer role. 

If someone needs my help in the certifications please do drop an email.

* Exams that are done


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Project Server 2007 Certification

I was looking at the preparation guide of Microsoft Project Server 2007 exam (70-633) and was shocked to see that I have never looked at it carefully.   Why because I have a good experience of working in project server 2003 and project server 2007 environments which covers all aspects of the exam. 

  • Skills measured by Exam 70-633
    • Initiating Projects
    • Save Microsoft Office Project Professional projects.
    • Create proposals.
    • Create activity plans.
    • Build a resource plan.
  • Planning Projects
    • Plan scope and cost.
    • Plan time.
    • Plan resources.
    • Manage resource capacity.
    • Create a risk item.
  • Executing Projects
    • Match and replace resources.
    • Build Project Team with named resources.
    • Distribute information to project stakeholders.
    • Create a timesheet.
    • Manage timesheets.
    • Review and approve a timesheet.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Projects
    • Enter task updates.
    • Manage status reports.
    • Report data by using PWA.
    • Manage issues and risks.
    • Manage deliverables.
  • Managing Project Professional and PWA Environments
    • Access Project Center.
    • Log on to PWA by using Windows Internet Explorer.
    • Authenticate Project Professional to a project server.
    • Set options.
    • Create, save, or update enterprise templates.
  • If you have worked in implementing an EPM environment or worked as EPM Expert or PMO using Project server 2007 this exam could be very easy for you.  I have good understanding of most of the topics that are listed above but I would like to do a little preparation of the Deliverables, Resource Plans and Managing Timesheets because they are new and a little hard to understand topics.

    Hopefully I will go for this exam this Saturday.  I am confident that I will be able to pass the exam easily.

    I am using the following books


    Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Unleashed 

    The study guide for the exam is available at